Services may be worth funding
TO THE EDITOR:
Gov. Phil Bredesen has been getting rave reviews from nearly everyone for his upfront look at the state's budget and his efforts to balance the budget by making 9 percent cuts in most of the categories. I commend him in the progress he has made and appreciate the openness of the discussions taking place. It is imperative for the state to make the cuts to balance the budget without using one-time sources of money.
The horn-honkers and the talk show hosts from the past few years are gleefully celebrating the cutbacks in government spending and claiming victory in defeating any discussion of new revenue sources. I only hope these same people will be happy when some of them lose their jobs, when money is withheld from cities and counties, and when services they depend on will no longer be available. I am sure they will still be cheering when their property taxes are raised, wheel taxes are enacted, and their school systems will be unable to maintain their facilities, staff, and pupil-teacher ratios.
When your house burns and no firemen are available to put out the fire because of budget cuts, or you need a policeman and no one is available to help, or you have a wreck because of poor road conditions, then maybe you will realize how important some government services are that we have taken for granted far too long.
Someday maybe Tennesseans will realize there are other ways to fund necessary government services than the highest sales tax in the nation. Some of these services may actually be worth funding, even in the eyes of the horn-honkers. I hope I will live long enough to see that day.
Superpowers have great responsibility
TO THE EDITOR:
Nothing short of massive internal protest, such as during the Vietnam War days, can stop the one great power from doing what it wants to do. The current Bush administration can and will do what it wishes in the Middle East.
Because the United States is the one superpower, that